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US: Kellwood acquires contemporary group Parker
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:00 GMT


US clothing giant Kellwood Company has acquired Parker, a distinctive player in contemporary apparel.
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Source Summit 2014: Quote/unquote
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:00 GMT


A raft of fashion industry experts gathered in London this week to discuss integrating sustainability into businesses through 3D (social, environmental, commercial) initiatives. Views were shared on the challenges faced by manufacturers and brands, and the opportunities driving change within the industry. Here are a selection of quotes from the annual Source Summit, organised by the Ethical Fashion Forum.
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SOURCING: Accord calls on brands to up inspection funding
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:25:00 GMT


Over one year on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is calling on retailers and clothing brands to contribute more to the fund in order to complete its factory inspections.
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US: PTC to expand IoT technology with Axeda buy
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:23:00 GMT


PTC is to acquire privately-held Axeda Corp for US$170m in a move that will help the software solution provider expand its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:54:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how clothing is likely to remain a focus for Tesco despite its upcoming CEO change, a snapshot of Myanmar's textile and apparel industry, and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety annual report, which reveals that progress is far from over a year on from its inception.
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US: Under Armour "bullish" in full-year guidance rise
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:21:00 GMT


An increase in projected full-year earnings and revenue at Under Armour has been described as "bullish" and a "positive catalyst" move by one analyst.
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Source Summit 2014: Quote unquote
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:00 GMT


A raft of fashion industry experts gathered in London this week to discuss integrating sustainability into businesses through 3D (social, environmental, commercial) initiatives. Views were shared on the challenges faced by manufacturers and brands, and the opportunities driving change within the industry. Here are a selection of quotes from the annual Source Summit, organised by the Ethical Fashion Forum.
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SOUTH AFRICA: 3,000 cotton sector workers begin strike
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:31:00 GMT


Around 3,000 cotton sector employees have downed tools after the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) issued a strike notice earlier this week over wages.
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UK: Tesco's Dawson to take M&S IT head role
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:30:00 GMT


UK retailer Marks & Spencer has poached Tesco's chief information officer for online, Carl Dawson, as its IT director.
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US: Under Armour "bullish" in FY guidance rise
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:21:00 GMT


An increase in projected full-year earnings and revenue at Under Armour has been described as "bullish" and a "positive catalyst" move by one analyst.
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US: Columbia Sportswear narrows Q2 net loss
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:23:00 GMT


Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has narrowed its net losses in the second quarter, despite incurring costs from its acquisition of prAna.
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FRANCE: LVMH H1 fashion and leather profit flat
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:48:00 GMT


French luxury goods giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton posted flat first-half earnings for its fashion and leather goods division, despite "strong creative momentum" at its Louis Vuitton brand.
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US: AAFA urges Senate to modify Bangladesh provisions
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:50:00 GMT


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging the US Senate to modify provisions of its Defence Appropriations legislation for Bangladesh to offer a more inclusive approach.
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US: Deckers back on trajectory for earnings growth
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:11:00 GMT


Deckers Outdoor is back on the trajectory for earnings growth, an analyst has said, despite the US footwear specialist revealing a widening in first-quarter losses.
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GERMANY: Clothing sector skeptical on Govt labelling plans
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:49:00 GMT


Germany's textile and fashion industry is sceptical about proposals by development minister Gerd Müller to establish minimum health, safety and social standards in outsourced manufacturing countries.
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US: Carter's Q2 exceeds company expectations
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:42:00 GMT


Children's wear company Carter's has booked an increase in second-quarter earnings and sales, exceeding the firm's expectations.
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US: Cabela's records mixed Q2 results
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:26:00 GMT


Outdoor and camping retailer Cabela's has booked a mixed set of results in its second-quarter, with earnings down and sales having edged up.
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US: Wal-Mart US chief resignation little surprise
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:08:00 GMT


The resignation of Bill Simon as the head of Wal-Mart's US division has come as little surprise, an analyst has said, after being passed over for the CEO role last year.
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US: Skechers Q2 profit surges in record quarter
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:00 GMT


Footwear business Skechers USA posted more record figures in the second quarter, boosted by a 37% revenue surge and slight margin uplift.
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US: Unifi FY profit rockets despite sales dip
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:00 GMT


Yarn business Unifi recorded a 73% surge in full-year net profit, despite reductions to annual revenues, and cuts to fourth quarter earnings and sales.
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US: Apparel fuels June consumer price growth
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:16:00 GMT


Apparel prices in the US grew for a second consecutive month in June, according to new figures.
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US/AUSTRALIA: Cotton Leads attracts 200 partners
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:27:00 GMT


The Cotton Leads responsible growing programme has attracted more than 200 partners across the global cotton supply chain since it was launched in October last year.
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US: Wal-Mart replaces US division chief
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:08:00 GMT


US retail giant Wal-Mart has replaced the CEO of its US division, promoting Greg Foran into the role.
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US: Macy's increases sustainability efforts
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT


Department store retailer Macy's has announced a raft of new initiatives designed to boost the company's sustainability record.
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IN THE MONEY: Hanesbrands praises supply chain efficiency
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:00 GMT


Hanesbrands has praised the efficiency of its supply chain, describing it as "a clear contributor" to earnings, helping the underwear maker outperform in its second-quarter.
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ANALYSIS: New pricing strategy pays off for Nike
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:09:00 GMT


Sporting goods Nike is raising its prices at a time when other companies are turning to increased markdowns and heavy promotional activity to drive traffic. And analysts say the strategy is single-handedly driving growth in the US sneaker market, as well as helping the company to carve out a new competitive advantage.
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US: Superior Uniform Q2 earnings and sales climb
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT


Career and workwear manufacturer Superior Uniform Group saw both earning and sales climb in its second-quarter.
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UK: Clothing sales bounce back in July
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:48:00 GMT


Sales bounced back at UK clothing stores in July thanks to warmer weather, new figures suggest, with growth set to be even stronger in August.
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US: Cold winter cuts retail sales growth forecast
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:46:00 GMT


US retail sales are set to grow at a lower rate than first thought this year, hurt by the severe winter weather, but are likely to grow "significantly" faster in the second half.
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UK: Warm weather boosts June clothing retail sales
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:44:00 GMT


Warm weather and consumers enthusiasm for spending helped drive an increase in sales at UK clothing and footwear retailers in June.
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US: Black Diamond completes Gregory Mountain sale
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:50:00 GMT


Outdoor equipment and apparel business Black Diamond has completed the sale of its Gregory Mountain Products brand for US$84.1m to Samsonite.
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US: HanesBrands raises guidance as Q2 earnings climb
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:20:00 GMT


Underwear maker HanesBrands Inc has raised its full-year guidance as it revealed second-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates.
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US: Rocky Brands Q2 earnings slide
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:00 GMT


US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands saw its earnings slide in the second-quarter due to investments made to grow its brands.
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BANGLADESH: Accord still struggling to engage industry bodies
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:08:00 GMT


The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is continuing to look at ways to try to involve the country's leading garment trade associations in an effort to ensure the initiative's long-term success.
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UK: Creative director Sykes exits Nicole Farhi
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:01:00 GMT


Nicole Farhi's creative director, Joanna Sykes, is leaving the upmarket fashion brand after less than two years in the role.
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BANGLADESH: Project to improve tannery working conditions
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:22:00 GMT


A project funded by the Norwegian Government and implemented by the ILO (International Labor Organization) aims to improve working conditions in Bangladesh's tannery factories.
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US: Dirtball sues Quiksilver in trademark case
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:28:00 GMT


Eco-friendly apparel maker Dirtball is suing DC Shoes and its parent company, Quiksilver, over claims of infringement of the Dirtball trademark.
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US: Columbia Sportswear fined for mislabelled clothing
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:35:00 GMT


Columbia Sportswear Company has agreed to pay a US$100,800 penalty after it admitted distributing mislabelled clothing containing insect repellent.
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US: "Made in USA" company rapped for deceptive claims
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:42:00 GMT


A company which sells a "Made in USA" certification seal has agreed to stop deceptive claims after being targeted by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges.
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Change management key to PLM project success
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:00 GMT


It's one thing to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system - but another altogether to get the most value out of the solution. Indeed, according to industry experts speaking in London last week, PLM projects should be driven from a business perspective if they are to deliver real gains in terms of revenue, margin improvement and inventory efficiency - with users on board from the beginning.
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Alliance members buying more products from Bangladesh
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:57:00 GMT


The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.
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US: Crocs shifts strategy and cuts jobs as Q2 profit slumps
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:54:00 GMT


Footwear business Crocs has unveiled a strategic plan aimed at bringing long-term growth to the company after second quarter profits slumped by 34%, including more than 180 global job cuts.
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AZERBEIJAN: New destination for M&S flagship store
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:21:00 GMT


UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to enter Azerbaijan through franchise partner Alhokair Fashion Retail as part of plans to significantly grow its store portfolio in Saudi Arabia.
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CHINA: Li Ning issues H1 profit warning
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:44:00 GMT


Chinese sportswear company Li Ning has issued a profit warning for its first-half, in part due to provisions for doubtful debt and legacy issues.
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US: Sol's becomes Fair Wear Foundation member
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:54:00 GMT


French promotional wear brand Sol's has become a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).
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FRANCE: Cheynet to axe jobs at main production plant
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:00 GMT


Lingerie elastic producer, Groupe Cheynet, is poised to make significant jobs cuts at its main production plant in Saint-Just-Malmont, near St Etienne.
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US: Innovation and versatility drives swimwear growth
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT


Swimwear sales in the US grew 6% in the last 12 months thanks to the launch of more innovative products offering health benefits and enhanced comfort, new figures reveal.
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EU: Economic deal with West Africa to bring duty-free access
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:00 GMT


Sixteen West African states are to sign a trade deal with the European Union in a move that opens up full duty-free access for more countries.
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US: Robert Graham signs underwear licensing deal
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:00 GMT


High-end casual wear brand Robert Graham is to enter the underwear and loungewear categories through a licensing deal with Majestic International.
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GERMANY: Aurelius Group snaps up Scholl footwear
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:37:00 GMT


Pan-European investor Aurelius Group has acquired the Scholl footwear division of Reckitt Benckiser.
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US: Back-to-school spending set for increase
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:04:00 GMT


Families in the US will spend slightly more on back-to-school items this year, including apparel and footwear, according to a new survey.
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US: Ascena hunts new CFO as Montgomery departs
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT


Ascena Retail Group has embarked on a search for a new CFO after current incumbent Dirk Montgomery announced his departure later this summer.
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US: Kellwood appoints Babins for supply chain role
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:56:00 GMT


US clothing giant Kellwood Company has appointed industry veteran Marc Babins as president of its western region, with responsibility for the group's global supply chain.
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TAIWAN: Daphne International reveals slump in Q2 sales
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:12:00 GMT


Footwear retailer Daphne International Holdings has booked a slump in second-quarter sales as a result of store closures and poor weather conditions.
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VIETNAM: Vinatex and Petrovietnam mull polyester fibre supply
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:00 GMT


The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has met with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) to discuss cooperation in the production and supply of polyester fibres to the textile industry.
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GERMANY: Weatherproof jackets release harmful chemicals
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:00 GMT


The waterproofed layer in weatherproof jackets releases harmful chemicals into the environment, according to tests conducted in Germany.
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US: Crocs shifts strategy as Q2 profit slumps
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:54:00 GMT


Footwear business Crocs has unveiled a strategic plan aimed at bringing long-term growth to the company after second quarter profits slumped by 34%.
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EUROPE: West Africa to sign economic deal with EU
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:00 GMT


Sixteen West African states are to sign a trade deal with the European Union in a move welcomed by European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht.
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IN THE MONEY: VF Corp bullish for second-half growth
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:17:00 GMT


After booking a double-digit increase in second-quarter profit, driven by revenue growth at its outdoor and action sport apparel segment, it's no surprise apparel giant VF Corporation is confident in its second-half outlook.
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MYANMAR SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry in brief
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:13:00 GMT


Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Laos, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, and India.
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ISRAEL: Bagir Group issues second profit warning
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:56:00 GMT


Bagir Group has issued its second profit warning since the suit maker floated on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in April.
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US: Gap to expand into Slovenia and Austria
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:08:00 GMT


Gap Inc has revealed plans to launch in Slovenia and Austria as the apparel giant continues with its ongoing global expansion plans.
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VIETNAM: Vinatex and Petrovietnam cooperate on fibre supply
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:00 GMT


The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has met with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) to discuss cooperation in the production and supply of polyester fibres to the textile industry.
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US: Express CEO replacement Kornberg a "solid choice"
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:55:00 GMT


David Kornberg, the replacement CEO of Express Inc for retiring Michael Weiss, is a "solid choice", analyst have said.
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BRAZIL: PLM to provide visibility for Kaue Plus Size
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:29:00 GMT


Brazilian fashion brand Kaue Plus Size has deployed WFX's integrated product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to enable more visibility across its business.
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just-style's research roundup
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:50:00 GMT


The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, product developments and innovations in textile and apparel, and the smart wearable technology market.
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UK: High street hit as shopper numbers decline
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:20:00 GMT


High street retailers bore the brunt of lower shopper numbers in June, with footfall shrinking further than the previous month.
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US: Port contract negotiations pause again
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:11:00 GMT


Talks concerning a new labour contract for US West Coast dockworkers have been paused for the second time this month.
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HONG KONG: Crystal Group strives to improve worker communication
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:00 GMT


Garment maker Crystal Group has rolled out a new system to improve internal communication with its workers on areas ranging from company news to updates on sustainability and suggestions for factory improvement.
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CANADA: Loblaw appoints Grauso as Joe Fresh president
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:54:00 GMT


Canadian retail group Loblaw Companies has promoted Mario Grauso to the position of president of its Joe Fresh division.
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INDIA: Reliance Retail returns to profit in Q1
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:40:00 GMT


Reliance Retail, the retail arm of industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries, returned to profit during its firs quarter, helped by higher sales and margin improvement.
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US: VF Corp books "solid" Q2 performance
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:35:00 GMT


VF Corp delivered what has been described as a "solid performance" during a "challenging" second-quarter, helped by double-digit revenue growth at four of its major brands.
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ANALYSIS: Clothing seen as central focus for new Tesco CEO
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:01:00 GMT


Clothing remains one of Tesco's more exportable offers and is likely to remain a central focus for the retail behemoth when incoming CEO Dave Lewis takes the reigns, an analyst has suggested.
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HONG KONG: Crystal Group tool to improve worker communication
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:00 GMT


Garment maker Crystal Group has rolled out a new system to improve internal communication with its workers on areas ranging from company news to updates on sustainability and suggestions for factory improvement.
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UK: F&F inks manufacturing contract with AMA Group
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:38:00 GMT


Signs that the 'Made in the UK' movement is gaining traction were boosted today (18 July) with the news that Tesco's F&F brand has inked a deal with Durham clothing manufacturer the AMA Group.
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